futhark Archives - The Birch Grove


ALGIZ (Al-Jiz) Also: Elhaz (Proto-Germanic), Eohl (Futhorc), Yr (Younger Futhark) Latin Alphabet: Z (Elder Futhark), R (Younger Futhark), X (Futhorc) Literal Translation: Elk Esoteric: Higher Self, Protection Like most Futhark runes, Algiz carries a dual meaning in divination- connection with the gods, awakening, higher life, or consumption by divine forces, loss of the divine link,… read more »


ANSUZ (Ann-Suess) Also: Os or Ac (Futhorc), Oss (Younger Futhark) Latin Alphabet: A Literal Translation: Odin Esoteric: Breath or “Ancestral Sovereign God” As with most Futhark runes, Ansuz carries a two-fold meaning in divination- divine inspiration, word-power, transformation, intellect, communication, or misunderstanding, delusion, manipulation by others, and bad advice.


BERKANA (Burr-Can-Ah) Also: Berkano or Berkanan (Proto-Germanic), Bjarkan or Bjarken (Younger Futhark), Beorc (Futhorc), Bairkan (Gothic) Latin Alphabet: B Literal Translation: Birch (tree) or Birch Goddess Esoteric: Birth, Sanctuary In divination, the Futhark rune Berkana may be interpreted in two ways- birth and beginnings, life changes, shelter, liberation, sanctuary, or deceit, sterility, stagnation, insecurity.


DAGAZ (Day-Gahz) Also: Dæg (Futhorc), Dags (Gothic) Latin Alphabet: D Literal Translation: Day or Dawn Esoteric: Awakening, Beginnings As with many Futhark runes, Dagaz may be interpreted in two ways in divination- awakening, awareness, hope and happiness, the ideal, paradigm shift, or lack of vision, sleep, hopelessness, cataclysmic change.


EHWAZ (Eh-Was) Also: Eoh (Futhorc), Airuus (Gothic) Latin Alphabet: E Literal Translation: Horse Esoteric: Trust Like many Futhark runes, Ehwaz can be read in two ways in divination- harmony, teamwork, trust, marriage, loyalty, friendship, or disharmony, mistrust, betrayal, indecision, an enemy.


EIHWAZ (Yew-Was) Also: Eiwaz or Eihaz (Proto-Germanic), Eoh (Futhorc), Ihwaz (?) Latin Alphabet: I:, æ:, or EO Literal Translation: Yew Esoteric: Yggdrasil or Kundalini In divination, the Futhark rune Eihwaz can take on two meanings- movement toward Enlightenment, endurance, initiation, or confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness, death.


FEHU (Fay-Who) Also: Fe (Younger Futhark), Feoh (Futhorc), Faihu (Gothic) Latin Alphabet: F Literal Translation: Cattle Esoteric: wealth, new beginnings, fortune/luck In divination, Fehu takes on a double meaning. It represent material wealth, power, new beginnings and social success, but can also indicate greed, poverty, and failure.


GEBO (Gay-Boo) Also: Gyfu or Gar (Futhorc), Giba (Gothic) Latin Alphabet: G Literal Translation: Gift or Generosity Esoteric: fair exchange, sacrifice In divination, the rune Gebo has a two-fold meaning- generosity, gift, magical exchange, honor, sacrifice, or greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice, dishonesty.


HAGALAZ (Hag-All-Az) Also: Haglaz (Proto-Germanic), Haegl (Futhorc), Hagall (Younger Futhark), Hagl (Gothic) Latin Alphabet: H Literal Translation: Hail (Hailstone) Esoteric: Radical Change, Crisis In divination, the Hagalaz rune can be interpreted in one of two ways- change according to ideals, for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, or catastrophe, stagnation, loss of power or… read more »


INGUZ (Ing-Guz) Also: Ing (Futhorc) Latin Alphabet: Ng (read as “ing”) Literal Translation: the god Ing, or Seed Esoteric: Space, Process In divination, the Futhark rune Inguz has a dual meaning- gestation, internal growth, expectation, time for oneself, or impotence, movement without change, immaturity.

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